Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Application for Deemed Health Center Program Award Recipients To Sponsor Volunteer Health Professionals for Deemed PHS Employment, 62746-62747 [2020-21941]

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VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:42 Oct 02, 2020 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Jkt 253001 Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Application for Deemed Health Center Program Award Recipients To Sponsor Volunteer Health Professionals for Deemed PHS Employment Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the review and approval period. OMB may act on SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 HRSA’s ICR only after the 30 day comment period for this notice has closed. Comments on this ICR must be received no later than November 4, 2020. DATES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, email Lisa Wright-Solomon, the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at paperwork@hrsa.gov or call (301) 443– 1984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the information request collection title for reference. Information Collection Request Title: Application for Deemed Health Center Program Award Recipients to Sponsor Volunteer Health Professionals for Deemed PHS Employment, OMB No. 0915–0032—Revision. Abstract: Subsection 224(q) to the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 U.S.C. 233(q)), extended liability protections for the performance of medical, surgical, dental, and related functions to Volunteer Health Professionals (VHPs) of health centers that have also been deemed as employees of the PHS for this purpose. Through the process established by HRSA, VHPs of deemed health centers may be deemed as PHS employees for ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\05OCN1.SGM 05OCN1 EN05OC20.072</GPH> Dated: September 29, 2020. Lauren K. Roth, Associate Commissioner for Policy. 62747 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 193 / Monday, October 5, 2020 / Notices this purpose, with associated Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage. Deemed PHS employment provides the covered individual with immunity from lawsuits and related civil actions resulting from the performance of medical, surgical, dental, and related functions within the scope of deemed employment. Health centers must submit to HRSA an annual deeming sponsorship application on behalf of their individually named volunteers. For deeming to apply, such annual applications for each individual volunteer must be approved by HRSA, and deeming status for liability protections to apply during the calendar year is documented by a Notice of Deeming Action. HRSA is proposing several changes to the Application for Deemed Health Center Program Award Recipients to Sponsor VHPs for Deemed PHS Employment, to be used for deeming sponsorship applications for Calendar Year 2022 and thereafter, to improve question clarity, clarify required documentation, and support HRSA’s analysis and understanding of program impact. Specifically, the Application includes the following proposed changes: • Updated application language: Specifically, throughout the application, alternate terminology was utilized to provide greater clarity and specificity. These changes were based on grantee feedback and various forms of information received from the HRSA Helpline. These changes are not substantive in nature; • Updated language and requested documents in section III of the application: Specifically, section III was edited to clarify the qualifications for eligible individuals and clarify program expectations where individuals have a history of disciplinary action or malpractice; and • Deleted former section IV: It has been determined that the information requested in this section, which related to offsite events and particularized determinations is not necessary to evaluate eligibility for deeming. The FTCA Program has a web based application system, the Electronic Handbooks. These electronic application forms decrease the time and effort required to complete the older, paper-based OMB approved FTCA application forms. The application includes Acknowledgments of Deemed Status Requirements, Acknowledgment of Required Performance Conditions, and Information on the Volunteers Sponsored for Deeming. A 60-day notice was published in the Federal Register on July 21, 2020, vol. 85, No. 140; pp. 44101–02. No public comments were received. Need and Proposed Use of the Information: Deeming sponsorship applications must address certain specified criteria required by law in Number of respondents Form name Total responses Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours Application for Deemed Health Center Program Award Recipients to Sponsor VHPs for Deemed PHS Employment .................................................................................. 1,156 3 3,468 2 6,936 Total .............................................................................. 1156 ........................ 3468 ........................ 6936 HRSA specifically requests comments on (1) the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions, (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden, (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Number of responses per respondent order for deeming determinations to be issued. The application submissions provides HRSA with the information required to determine whether an individual meets the requirements for deemed PHS employment for purposes of providing liability protections under section 224(q) of the PHS Act. Likely Respondents: Respondents include Health Center Program funds recipients seeking to sponsor their volunteer health professionals for deemed employment for purposes of FTCA coverage. Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below. Total Estimated Annualized Burden Hours: Maria G. Button, Director, Executive Secretariat. [FR Doc. 2020–21941 Filed 10–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:42 Oct 02, 2020 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Center For Scientific Review: Notice of Closed Meetings Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the following meetings. The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Myocardial Ischemia and Metabolism. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 193 (Monday, October 5, 2020)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval: Public Comment Request; Information Collection 
Request Title: Application for Deemed Health Center Program Award 
Recipients To Sponsor Volunteer Health Professionals for Deemed PHS 
Employment

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department 
of Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
HRSA has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments 
submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided 
to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the 
review and approval period. OMB may act on HRSA's ICR only after the 30 
day comment period for this notice has closed.

DATES: Comments on this ICR must be received no later than November 4, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under Review--Open for 
Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance 
requests submitted to OMB for review, email Lisa Wright-Solomon, the 
HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at [email protected] or 
call (301) 443-1984.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting 
information, please include the information request collection title 
for reference.
    Information Collection Request Title: Application for Deemed Health 
Center Program Award Recipients to Sponsor Volunteer Health 
Professionals for Deemed PHS Employment, OMB No. 0915-0032--Revision.
    Abstract: Subsection 224(q) to the Public Health Service (PHS) Act 
(42 U.S.C. 233(q)), extended liability protections for the performance 
of medical, surgical, dental, and related functions to Volunteer Health 
Professionals (VHPs) of health centers that have also been deemed as 
employees of the PHS for this purpose. Through the process established 
by HRSA, VHPs of deemed health centers may be deemed as PHS employees 
for

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this purpose, with associated Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage.
    Deemed PHS employment provides the covered individual with immunity 
from lawsuits and related civil actions resulting from the performance 
of medical, surgical, dental, and related functions within the scope of 
deemed employment.
    Health centers must submit to HRSA an annual deeming sponsorship 
application on behalf of their individually named volunteers. For 
deeming to apply, such annual applications for each individual 
volunteer must be approved by HRSA, and deeming status for liability 
protections to apply during the calendar year is documented by a Notice 
of Deeming Action.
    HRSA is proposing several changes to the Application for Deemed 
Health Center Program Award Recipients to Sponsor VHPs for Deemed PHS 
Employment, to be used for deeming sponsorship applications for 
Calendar Year 2022 and thereafter, to improve question clarity, clarify 
required documentation, and support HRSA's analysis and understanding 
of program impact. Specifically, the Application includes the following 
proposed changes:
     Updated application language: Specifically, throughout the 
application, alternate terminology was utilized to provide greater 
clarity and specificity. These changes were based on grantee feedback 
and various forms of information received from the HRSA Helpline. These 
changes are not substantive in nature;
     Updated language and requested documents in section III of 
the application: Specifically, section III was edited to clarify the 
qualifications for eligible individuals and clarify program 
expectations where individuals have a history of disciplinary action or 
malpractice; and
     Deleted former section IV: It has been determined that the 
information requested in this section, which related to offsite events 
and particularized determinations is not necessary to evaluate 
eligibility for deeming.
    The FTCA Program has a web based application system, the Electronic 
Handbooks. These electronic application forms decrease the time and 
effort required to complete the older, paper-based OMB approved FTCA 
application forms. The application includes Acknowledgments of Deemed 
Status Requirements, Acknowledgment of Required Performance Conditions, 
and Information on the Volunteers Sponsored for Deeming.
    A 60-day notice was published in the Federal Register on July 21, 
2020, vol. 85, No. 140; pp. 44101-02. No public comments were received.
    Need and Proposed Use of the Information: Deeming sponsorship 
applications must address certain specified criteria required by law in 
order for deeming determinations to be issued. The application 
submissions provides HRSA with the information required to determine 
whether an individual meets the requirements for deemed PHS employment 
for purposes of providing liability protections under section 224(q) of 
the PHS Act.
    Likely Respondents: Respondents include Health Center Program funds 
recipients seeking to sponsor their volunteer health professionals for 
deemed employment for purposes of FTCA coverage.
    Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by 
persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the 
information requested. This includes the time needed to review 
instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and 
systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying 
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and 
providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to 
a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and 
review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise 
disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for 
this ICR are summarized in the table below.
    Total Estimated Annualized Burden Hours:

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                                                     Number of                    Average burden
            Form name                Number of     responses per       Total       per response    Total burden
                                    respondents     respondent       responses      (in hours)         hours
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Application for Deemed Health              1,156               3           3,468               2           6,936
 Center Program Award Recipients
 to Sponsor VHPs for Deemed PHS
 Employment.....................
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    Total.......................            1156  ..............            3468  ..............            6936
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    HRSA specifically requests comments on (1) the necessity and 
utility of the proposed information collection for the proper 
performance of the agency's functions, (2) the accuracy of the 
estimated burden, (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity 
of the information to be collected, and (4) the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology to 
minimize the information collection burden.

Maria G. Button,
Director, Executive Secretariat.
[FR Doc. 2020-21941 Filed 10-2-20; 8:45 am]
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